Sorry about all the art puns… Actually, I’m not. I find them hilarious. Which is a clear sign that I should probably give up any future dreams of being a slam poet vlogger. There is a cat… On a mat… And he sat… In his feeeelinggggs, man.
You know who has a better shot at hitting the big time, and has less chance being an internet meme? These inspirational artists, who are at the top of their game. Watch these films, and you will be one ‘art cookie.
PJ HARVEY: A DOG CALLED MONEY
A beautifully impressionistic documentary that combines travelogue and multimedia performance art.
Award-winning photographer Seamus Murphy has made a film that investigates the creative process behind his project with PJ Harvey. While tracing the sources of songs and detailing the journey of their birth, he brings to life the people and places at their very heart.
You can watch the trailer and grab a copy of PJ HARVEY: A DOG CALLED MONEY on iTunes, Google Play, JB Hi Fi and Sanity HERE.
THE EULOGY is the untold story of Australia’s greatest classical pianist. Inspired by former Prime Minister Paul Keating’s searing eulogy for Geoffrey Tozer, music educator Richard Gill explores the remarkable and tragic story of Australia’s greatest-ever, and perhaps most overlooked, pianist. Geoffrey Tozer was a child prodigy who played with the Victorian Symphony Orchestra when he was nine years old. He was a virtuoso pianist and improviser with an unprecedented repertoire, whose career saw him lauded around the world. But in Australia he struggled to achieve recognition, despite the well-documented patronage of then Treasurer Paul Keating. Tozer died in poverty in 2009, aged 54.
You can watch the trailer and grab a copy of THE EULOGY on iTunes, Google Play, JB Hi Fi and Sanity HERE.
MAPPLETHORPE is an intimate look at a legend. A chronicle of the career of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, from his rise to fame in the 1970s to his death in 1989 at the age of 42.
From the early ’70s until his untimely death at age 42, the film explores the intersection of his art and his sexuality, his struggle for mainstream recognition, and, looming above it all, the specter of the emerging AIDS crisis. Featuring Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown) and Marianne Rendón, the biopic offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft and of the self-destructive impulses that threaten to undermine it all.
You can watch the trailer and grab a copy of MAPPLETHORPE on iTunes, Google Play, JB Hi Fi and Sanity HERE.
The queen has come to claim her crown. SUZI Q is the story of trailblazing American rock singer-songwriter Suzi Quatro, who helped redefine the role of women in rock ‘n’ roll when she broke out in 1973.
You can watch the trailer and grab a copy of SUZI Q on iTunes, Google Play, JB Hi Fi and Sanity HERE.
CARMINE STREET GUITARS
One shop in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village remains resilient to encroaching gentrification: Carmine Street Guitars. Custom guitar maker Rick Kelly and his young apprentice Cindy Hulej build handcrafted instruments out of reclaimed wood from old hotels, bars, churches and other local buildings. Nothing looks or sounds like them, which is the reason they have been embraced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Patti Smith. Featuring a cast of prominent musicians and artists: Eszter Balint, Christine Bougie (Bahamas), Nels Cline (Wilco), Kirk Douglas (The Roots), Eleanor Friedberger, Bill Frisell, Dallas Good (The Sadies), Travis Good (The Sadies), Dave Hill, Jaime Hince (The Kills), Stewart Hurwood, Jim Jarmusch (Sqürl), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Band), Marc Ribot, Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan Band).